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Swiftboats - a reasonable analysis

I'm pleased to see some debate here and elsewhere about the Swift Boat story do thanks to Dean's World for linking to this Washington Post article which is a model of what journalism should be, trying to disentangle the stories.

An investigation by The Washington Post into what happened that day suggests that neither side has been entirely forthcoming, and that each has withheld information from the public record. Which doesn't sound too good for the Kerry camp...

And it also introduced me to the word "roil" a useful and apt addition to the vocabulary.


In my experience, (that is just another way of saying I've been around the block a few times), real heroes do not brag about their endeavours or the medals they have won. There have been many true heroes, who even when they have fallen on hard times, refuse to use their exploits to achieve sympathy or charity. The very definition of heroism implies a certain humility...

The exception to this, is of course, - politicians - usually of the Left persuasion, who, having little else to commend them,fall back on tales of their 'heroics', which as anyone who has seen active service knows, is as much a matter of instinct, as of overt heroism. That they are prepared to use their award for pecuniary gain, not only demeans them, but also everyone else who has a similar award. That most politicians are braggarts is a given, so I suppose we should not be surprised by his actions.

That Kerry received his awards for doing things which others were doing every day, and that in several instances he wrote his own citation, would indicate just how shallow and fraudulent the man really is. A purple heart a month, - they must really have been serious wounds ! maybe the three PH's and your home had something to do with it. No other person had such a short tour of duty, not without ending in a body bag...

Unfortunately, the true heroes usually end up dead, having taken a calculated risk and lost, and that is why the Victoria Cross is most often awarded posthumously.

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